An example of a loin is a person's hips and lower abdomen.
- to get ready to do something difficult or strenuous
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of loin
- Middle English loine from Old French loigne from Vulgar Latin lumbea (carō) loin (meat) feminine of *lumbeus of the loin from Latin lumbus loin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English loyne, from Old French loigne, assumedly from Late Latin root *lumbea, from Latin lumbus (“loin"), from Proto-Germanic *landwį̄, *landwijō (“waist, loins"), from Proto-Indo-European *lendhw- (“kidney, waist"). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish länd (“haunch, loin"), Proto-Slavic *lÄ™dvÑŒja (Russian лядвея (ljadveja)). See also lende.